Sunderland vs Burnley FC
FA Cup – Third Round.
Date: Saturday, 7th January 2017,
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland.
David Moyes will be a proud man after watching his players fight hard to earn a 2-2 draw against Liverpool in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats are inside the relegation waters, but their recent home form is promising. And repeats of such performances in the coming weeks could be vital in achieving safety by the end of the season.
It is also obvious that Moyes could prioritize the Premier League over cup games. He is already short in options as half of the squad is sidelined with injuries. A fringe squad could take the field at Stadium of Light on Saturday and we might see academy players like George Honeymoon getting a chance to impress the manager.
Burnley gave Manchester City a real scare when the teams locked horns at the Etihad last weekend. City were reduced to 10 men with an hour of the game left to play. But Burnley were unable to breakthrough a stubborn defense and match finished 2-1 in favour of the Citizens.
The Claret’s best performances this season has come at home. They are yet to win an away game in all competitions this season. They had lost in 9 of their 10 games on the road and this will encourage Moyes to rest his key players in this match.
Sunderland vs Burnley: Head-to-head Stats
Burnley showed why they are a force to reckon at home when they met Sunderland in the Premier League clash on New Year’s Day. Andy Gray scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 rout, while Jermaine Defoe found the consolation goal for Black Cats just before the final whistle.
However, Sunderland can boast of a five match unbeaten record against Burnley. They had also win in the last four matches scoring at least two times.
Sunderland vs Burnley: Prediction
Sunderland picked up 3 wins and 1 draw from their last 5 home games, while Burnley lost in 9 of the 10 away games so far this season. Also, Sunderland’s home record against Burnley is encouraging and we shouldn’t hesitate to choose the home team as winners for this contest. The odds are already dropping, so one must grab the price at the earliest.
The predicted full time score is a 2-0 win in favour of Sunderland at the odds of 11.50 (21/2).
Sunderland vs Burnley: Bet Tips
Sunderland to win at 2.25 (5/4).